BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Commissioners Wednesday approved the permit for the 2018 Four Peaks Music Festival, with an additional requirement for extra security measures. Neighbors had complained the event brought too much traffic, dust and noise to the area when it moved from Tumalo to Stevenson Ranch off Knott Road, this past summer.
Commissioner Phil Henderson expressed his lingering concerns at Wednesday's meeting. "I think that this location may not be the best for this kind of festival; we’ll see how it goes. If it really is true that they intend to grow it to 5,000, I don’t know, I see a lot of impacts. I just don’t know; we’ll see how this year goes."
Commissioners, though, noted they are required to approve permits if organizers agree to mitigate concerns. When the Board approved the mass gathering permit, it also required a security plan. Commissioner Tony DeBone says the event is allowed under current code. "Now, this is the land use process. It is a large Exclusive Farm Use parcel that has the opportunity for this application for events every 90 days. This is one event that’s gone through the whole process and getting authorized."
The four-day music festival takes place in mid-June.